Jupiter and its moons to test the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope will soon turn its eyes to the king of the solar system, gas giant Jupiter.

Jupiter is a complex system full of mysteries, hosting worlds of questions regarding the nature of its delicate rings, how its largest moons can harbor oceans of water or hidden volcanoes, and how massive storms like the Great Red Spot form in the giant planet’s turbulent atmosphere. Researchers say the planet will be the perfect “testing ground” for the James Webb Space Telescope, the $10 billion observatory that will display its first operational images on July 12.

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